Kendrapara, July 17 (LocalWire): With less than three days left for elections, BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik intensified his campaign in Patkura today with a road show to prevent the entry of his bete noire Bijay Mohapatra into the state Assembly.
The Chief Minister skipped villages within Patkura Assembly segment near Kendrapada town due to the bandh called by the VHP, Bajarang Dal and some business associations to protest police inaction to arrest the culprits who fired at Vivekananda Moharana, BJP leader and vice-president of district unit of VHP on Saturday night at Tinimuhani.
Addressing meetings during the road show, the Naveen Patnaik urged the voters to elect BJD candidate Sabitri Agrawalla for the development of Patkura.
‘Vote for Sabitri Agrawalla. I will personally look after Patkura constituency,’ promised the CM.
Patnaik’s marathon campaign against BJP candidate Bijaya Mohapatra has not caught many by surprise.
During 2000 election, he had prevented Mohapatra to contest the Assembly election from Patkura by denying him party ticket at the last moment.
The decision of the Chief Minister to give BJD ticket to Bedaprakash Agarwalla to contest from the prestigious Patkura seat was questioned.
After two days of filing his nomination papers, Agarwalla was shifted to a private hospital in Bhubaneswar, where he died nine days before the poll.
In a bid to cash in on the sympathy wave, the BJD nominated his widow Sabtri Agrawalla as candidate.